100% Secret Ghanaian Movie Review
Sequel – More Than a Secret
Year Of Release: 2011
Story – Prince Kingsley Ugochukwu
Screenplay – Ubong Bassey Nya
Director – Ubong Bassey Nya
Producer – Uchenna Mbunabo
Jackie Appiah – Anita
Prince David Osei – Greg
Ken Odunrukwe – Papa Anita
Christabel Ekeh – Bridget
Children Out Of Wedlock
NollywoodForever.Com Rating – 60%
A young mother is thrown out of her parents’ house, when they can no longer burden the shame after she falls pregnant for the second time without being wed. Her jobless boyfriend claims to want marry her but is not able to raise the dowry to do so. Despite pleading with her parents that he is serious, they have no interest in accepting his attempts to appease them until he brings elders from his village to meet them. The young couple are left to wallow with their daughter in the slums, until his uncle comes along to offer a helping hand, but Anita shockingly doesn’t factor into his plans and her husband absconds without her. Anita is bitter than she has been saddled with two children and no husband and begins in a fervent hunt to find a man but keeps on making the same mistakes over and over again.
In general Jackie played the role well. Her character was over the top stooooopid and she did it justice. Jackie Appiah does downtrodden and stupid well. So well in fact, that I wanted to slap her The one scene that I didn’t like though was where she gave birth. Credit where it is due, Jackie tried but it looked so fake the way in which the bootleg nurse was calmly saying push and how everyone was so laid back. The girls that played the role of Anita’s two friends were dreadful. I cringed every time they came onto the screen. They were reciting lines as though straight from a script that they had never seen before.
The music wasn’t always appropriate for the scene. In one scene a guy is ordering food and they are playing up-tempo 90′s sounding RnB/hip-hop, drowning out the dialogue in parts. It was just plain weird. In another scene there was a heart to heart conversation taking place with some super up-tempo 80s dance music playing over it!
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Children Out Of Wedlock
I felt the woes of an African woman who has children out of wedlock. It was as if her life was over and she was only young. I felt Jackie’s pain. She lost 3 men in a row once they found out that she had kids. Her mother poured out some wise words that she refused to heed, “let these children be the most considerable things in your future plans.”
“Wow quite refreshing to know that my wife is now a lesbian. That explains why you’ve not been able to give me a child.”
Uh what? What has sexuality got to do with ability to have children?
Nollywood Forever Says What
This stupid Anita! Why didn’t she just start telling dudes from the outset that she had children when she realised they kept running after discovering the deceit? SAY WHAT? Would that not be much less painless?
Bridget, Anita’s sister turned from Coca Cola to Fanta! SAY WHAT?
Why would Bridget ask Anita’s children if they remembered her when she spent more time with them than Anita did? SAY WHAT?
Since when do Naija students at university from 16? SAY WHAT? They were poor and I didn’t hear any mention of the girl as being exceptionally bright.
The movie had lots of faults but I quite enjoyed it. I could not help but to watch and see how low Anita would go. Towards the end there was a lot of drama although it was so over the top that it was comedic at point. There is no technical brilliance or outstanding performances although I do think that Christabel Ekeh is one to watch out for. I would recommend the movie, after all I kept going hour after hour watching all 4 and a half hours of the movie! Check it out, you may just be entertained!